Director: Lars Von Trier
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard, Brady Corbet, Udo Kier
Release Date: November 11
Why we’re excited: After 2009’s devastatingly bleak Antichrist, an end-of-the-world movie seems like the next logical step for provocative Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier. They say that directors should always try to top their last film, and what better way to upend showing a woman cutting her clitoris with rusty scissors than to just destroy Earth? We can’t think of one.

Melancholia isn’t that simple, though—we’re talking about von Trier here, folks, the guy whose best film is a parable about feminine insufficiencies presented as a stage play in what appears to be a black warehouse (2003’s Dogville). Rather than merely focus on Earth’s hysterical final hours, a la a Roland Emmerich flick, von Trier uses the visual of another planet on a collision course with ours as a backdrop for a newly married woman’s (Kirsten Dunst, in what’s said to be a extraordinary performance) family turmoil.

At 130 minutes’ in length, Melancholia will no doubt test a narrow-minded viewer’s patience; for cinema buffs who crave artistic singularity and challenging ideas, von Trier’s latest should alleviate desires. And win back folks who checked out once homegirl snipped her va-jay-jay with those clippers.